It’s been four years since District 9 took the world of cinema by storm, but if this first trailer is any indication, Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up, Elysium, has been totally worth the wait. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster on opposite sides of the societal spectrum, the story – set in the year 2154 – once again plays with socio-political themes.
For decades, the world of gambling has captured the imagination of filmmakers. Card games such as blackjack and poker have long been used either as a plot builder or as a primary story arc. While some films have went on to be box office smashes, others should be thrown in the muck. Today we present to you five of the top card game films on Flickchart.
Jason Statham is one of the last true action stars in film. His movies tend to elicit the excitement and adrenaline-fueled rush that Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Norris were so good at creating back in the 80s. What would Statham’s Flickchart look like? Let’s have a look, shall we?
HBO has announced that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will star in Behind the Candelabra, a biopic being directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film will focus on the relationship between flamboyant musician Liberace (Douglas) and his younger live-in lover, Scott Thorson (Damon).
One thing you can say about Soderbergh: He likes to keep his projects varied, if not his casts. Douglas previously worked with the director in Traffic, and Matt Damon seems to be replacing George Clooney as Soderbergh’s go-to guy (having worked with him most recently in Contagion).
Behind the Candelabra is from a script by Water for Elephants writer Richard LaGravenese. Production is due to start summer 2012 in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
The only flaw to Contagion - if it is a flaw in the eyes of director Steven Soderbergh – is that there is very little audience connection to the characters. The film is framed as if we are looking down and instead of seeing people, watching growth inside of a petri dish. And it fits to some degree because Contagion acts not as a story, but a cold, lab-engineered, sterilized cautionary reminder of human behavior. Read the rest of this entry »